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I am an Entrepreneurship student at Baylor university and I am currently developing a business plan for a female focused auto repair shop. I was wondering if you had any thoughts or statistics that might help show that this is a compelling concept. Also advice on educating women when it comes to auto repair would be so helpful as well! Thanks so much!

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Bogi Lateiner, Owner and Technician at 180 Degrees Automotive Hi Katie! What a great project! There is *loads* of information out there, some you can even find on Ask Patty http://hooktours.com/8003256/ that referance the percentage of households run by women or where the financial decisions are made by women, etc. I have seen studies that set up the same car to be brought in by a man and than by a woman and compares the quotes provided to them. Here are just a few interesting articles and statistics I have found. http://www.roadandtravel.com/newsworthy/newsandviews04/womenautostats.htm http://4wheeldrive.about.com/cs/forwomenonly/a/aa092202b_4.htm There are also a number of businesses that focus on educating women in auto repair. Myself as well as another expert at Ask Patty, Lori Johnson (check out her site at http://www.ladiesstartyourengines.net/), teach basic classes geared specifically toward women. There are a handful of repair shops across the country that are owned by women and have seen great success. I would be more than happy to talk to you and also put you in touch with some of the other female owned shops that I know of, if you would be interested. Good luck and have fun! Feel free to contact me through my website. Bogi Lateiner Owner - 180 Degrees Automotive http://www.180auto.com

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